Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Земетресение в Пловдив в 3 ч на 22-ри май 2012 г./ 22/5/2012 | Earthquake in Plovdiv, 22-nd of May 2012,. in 3 h AM

Разлюля ни земетресение, хоризонтално, в 3 часа и няколко минути. Токът прекъсна за миг (токов удар). Чакаме да разберем магнитуда. :) Може би около 3,5 - 4 по Рихтер?

По информация от радио Пловдив, епицентърът е бил между Перник и София, с магнитуд 5 - 5.8, което е сериозно, но в Пд я да еимало 4, я не?

На третия етаж се усети сериозно. Продължи може би 10-тина секунди, не можах да засека точно. Нямаше паднали предмети, само се раздрусаха полилеите...

Едва ли има жертви и пострадали в Пловдив, освен ако някой не е получил удар...

И Интернетът за щастие продължава да работи. :) Забелязах, че прозорците в блоковете отсреща  и в квартала светят повече от обикновено...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

News: Updates about the upcoming First AGI/SIGI, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary conference, organized by Todor Arnaudov and friends, as of 9/5/2012


See the: Initial Announcement

The organization is progressing, so far the date is inclining to the first quarter of July in Plovdiv, but would be confirmed later.

I'll mention for now some of the accepted actual participants and the preliminary directions of their topics:

  • A leading researcher in Reinforcement Learning and Robotics from the Italian Institute of Technology
  • A brilliant undergraduate (as of now) in Robotics from the University of Reading, UK, with a paper that's also for an IEEE conference.
  • A very talented and experienced AI/AGI developer, with a workshop covering one special type of neural networks
  • One of my best students from practically the first AGI University course worldwide on ethical problems
  • A brilliant applied mathematician who was one of the best students in the  second AGI course 
  •  Myself with a lot of presentations on many topics in various fields
Other students among the best ones from my courses as visitors, and one friend of mine who's developer and entrepreneur and is watching the AGI field, and often notifies me to check for interesting publications (thanks, Sasho!)

There's a more detailed program of topics, but it's to be disclosed as the event date gets closer.

Cheers!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

BBC's "The Computer Programme" Documentery Series - "Computational Thinking" - Excellent Dcumentary Filmmaking, Storytelling and Education - and Enjoyable Watch


Beginners and general audience wouldn't really need that much new courses in "Computational Thinking", such as those mentioned in this article When Code is Hot (see the comments also) - if they knew about that BBC Documentary Series produced 30 years ago and still does excellent job, even though it talks about BASIC and 8-bit computers. ;)

To me it's awesome, excellent examples from the golden age of personal computers, better known as "microcomputers" at the time, and they are still valid, now just running at bigger scale.

The Computer Programme 03 1/3



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMQ8BH3zLgE&feature=relmfu


The Computer Programme 03 2/3



The Computer Programme 03 3/3



In the part 2 ot that episode, there's a reference which is similar to the examples I've given regarding hierarchical generalization/causations/simulators of virtual universes in my lecture for general audience:
General Intelligence Principles



A Robotic competition similar to "Robocup", with "micro mice" finding their path in a maze - 30 years ago...




Various memory media and the Encyclopedia Britanica on a Videodisc, accessed by an 8-bit computer with video-playback, in 1982:



About variables and basic programming (4 2/3): http://youtu.be/HV6W0QXoMbQ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvKVSWAzx6U&feature=relmfu

First episode, introduction to computers, "1982 - The year of the information technologies" :) - http://youtu.be/HV6W0QXoMbQ

Enjoy!

Another cool historical/retro-review channel with old computers and cool old games, I recommend if you love that stuff:

The BBC Microcomputer:



Evolution of PC Audio - As Told by Secret of Monkey Island



There are tons of nostalgic fun with IBM-PC, 386, 486s and games from all times and all kinds of platforms/consoles too.

AdLib Sound Card - Part 2: Line-Out Audio Samples - LGR



The awesome Commodore 64 - I wish I had one



The first IBM-PC: IBM 5150:


If you like that stuff, you probably know The Angry Game Nerd, this site is less popular, but a lot of fun, too. :)